Harry takes junior title

Harry McNeilly holds the trophy with the other competitors
Harry McNeilly holds the trophy with the other competitors
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Cottam golfer Harry McNeilly is the new Adam Scott Junior Trophy champion.

The 17-year-old – who has a handicap of 15 – won the prestigious competition by five shots after carding a nett score of 70.

McNeilly is the 11th winner of the solid silver trophy, which was donated to Preston Golf Club in 2004 by Scott, who is a former US Masters champion and is currently No.2 in the world rankings.

Although Australian, Scott has family ties to Freckleton and his relative Dick Doleman used to be a member of Preston Golf Club. It was through this family link that Scott visited the Fulwood Hall Lane-based course many years ago to give a demonstration and lesson to the club’s young players.

“Having experienced fantastic support as a junior, Adam has always been keen to encourage and support junior golf himself,” said Doleman, who now plays at Fairhaven GC, near Lytham. “The donation of the trophy was Adam’s idea to cement his connection with Preston Golf Club and to encourage junior golf there.

“The format of the competition was stipulated by Adam and his father Phil who are keen that young golfers of any handicap and sex should be able to compete in his trophy event.

“Adam was not able to attend the event as he was competing in the finals of the Fedex Cup in the USA.

“However, he sent a personal message to junior captain Oscar Lordon which was read out at the prizegiving.”

McNeilly is a former pupil of Our Lady’s Catholic High School, in Fulwood, and currently attends Cardinal Newman College. He is hoping to study dentistry at university next year.

Lordon finished second and Alex Webb was third. Kieran Donnelly, Harry Clarke and Sean Pitchell completed the top six line-up.

The club captain Mark Jolly presented the trophy and prizes, which were donated by Titleist – one of Scott’s major sponsors.

Preston Golf Club has a very active and successful junior section run by Charles Webb.

Anyone interested in junior golf should contact Charles on 01772 732224.

Additionally, the club has a driving range which is open to the public. Lessons can be arranged through the club professional Andrew Greenbank on 01772 700022.

Please ask about group lessons for juniors wishing to start the game.